Anger at dropped targets must lead to change

First published by Common Weal If you believe in the urgency of serious climate action, today’s news is grim. Reality has finally caught up with the Scottish Government and it has dropped its climate change targets. There must be a sharp response to this, but if the...

If you’re correcting, you’re failing

Let me return to the subject of ‘when will the SNP accept there is a real problem and do something about it?’. I want to give anyone reading this who is in two minds a reason to stop being in two minds. It’s a comparatively simple rule of politics;...

What does a land-owning democracy mean?

First published by Common Weal Some of my earliest memories are of smell – I can distinctly recall the scent of my parent’s coffee percolator from when I was three. But it was when we moved to a rural area aged five that I was introduced to the founding odours...

“See my shortbread tower – and weep!”

Did you see that wonderful sculpture of the Forth Road Bridge last week? The one made out of sausages assembled by the German tourist board? No, of course you didn’t, because it’s sitting in the pile of ‘ideas so cringey we don’t mention...

Let’s set democracy free – to change us

First published by Common Weal I was almost an engineer. My dad was an engineer and I was brought up with the importance of having a bit of an engineering brain drilled into me. It was only in my last year at high school, just before submitting my UCAS form, that I...

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